Maria Lubega Mutagamba 64, the former minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities is dead. She died at Case hospital in Nakasero on Saturday evening.
“I am saddened by the passing on of Hon Maria Mutagamba. May Her Soul rest in eternal peace,” The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Health Dr Diana Atwine tweeted on Saturday evening.
Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda described Mutagamba’s death as “A great loss to the country.”
Three weeks ago, battling with Gallstone (a condition that affects the digestive system), Mutagamba was transferred from Rubaga Hospital to Case Hospital in Kampala when her condition deteriorated.
Mutagamba noted in the 2011 campaigns that she had drained her energy and needed some rest.
Born in Rakai District on September, 5 1952. Mutagamba studied at St. Aloysius Senior Secondary School in Bwanda, Kalungu District for her O-Level studies (1967-1970).
For her A-Level education, she attended Mount Saint Mary’s College Namagunga in Mukono District (1971-1972).
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in economics at Makerere University in 1976. She also held a Diploma in computer programming from the ICL Computer School in Nairobi, Kenya, obtained in 1980.
She also obtained a certificate in executive leadership from the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, obtained in 1997.
She served as a banking officer with the Bank of Uganda from 1976 to 1980. She was a director of the bank from 1991 until 1999. She was a Constituent Assembly delegate between 1994 and 1995.
Between 1999 and 2000, she served as the deputy secretary general of the Democratic Party.
In 2000, Museveni President appointed her Minister of State for Water Resources, a position she held until 2006 when she was appointed Minister of Water and the Environment. She held that position until 2012.
She also served as Rakai district Woman Member of Parliament from 2001 to 2016.
In 2016, she quit politics because her health was deteriorating. She noted that the 2011 campaigns had drained her a lot of her energy adding her health couldn’t allow her another political battle.